Rio 2016 and Beyond SwimCampaign

$27,245 of $29,000 goal

Raised by 311 people in 30 months
It is my dream to win gold medals for swimming at the Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio, my fourth Paralympic games. As with all athletes with disabilities, one of the major hurdles competing at an elite level is the financial burden.

 

 

About Me
My name is Matt Levy, I am 28 years old. I was born 15 weeks premature and as a result suffer from a number of disabilities, many of which have been life threatening. I have had 52 operations since I was born.  I am legally blind and have cerebral palsy but this has not stopped me from actively participating in swimming.

 

My parents encouraged me to swim early in life to improve my health and co-ordination. Due to the bleed on my brain in my early years I was very delayed with all my gross and fine motor skills so learning to swim was extremely hard but I am not one to be deterred by obstacles, it simply makes me strive harder.

 

Swimming has provided me with an avenue to keep fit, a chance to be successful and most importantly a future as I have struggled with ongoing disabilities and illness.

 

 

My Achievements
With a lot of very hard training and dedication from my family I was selected for the Athens Paralympics in 2004 whilst still in high school, which for me was, as for any disabled athlete, a major and exciting achievement.

 

I have now represented Australia in three Paralympics, five  World Championships and am training very hard for the next Paralympics in Rio in 2016. I still want to do better than I already have.  So far I have won six Paralympic medals and 10 World Championship medals. 

 

Some other achievements I am particularly proud of include:

 

-In the top 2 in the world for 4 events in my disability category (S7)

-I hold a number of swimming records - Australian, world and age.

-Australia Day Ambassador for the NSW Government

-Ambassador for Life’s Little Treasures

-Part of the leadership group  of the Paralympic swim  Team

-OAM for services to Paralympic swimming

 

 
The Costs
For my family there have been considerable costs in working towards my goal of representing Australia in the Paralympics.

 

In the lead up to Rio, there are a number of swimming meets that I have attended and three more that I have been selected for next year– each of which costs substantial sums of money for travel and accommodation.  In addition I have swimming training fees, and other related fitness maintaining costs such as Pilates, yoga, massage to mention a few.

 

This is difficult to maintain without additional outside financial support from organisations such as yours. This is why I am writing to you to seek your assistance.  I am prepared to make my self available to help with your promotions in return for your assistance and I am sure you will receive superb value for money.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Matthew Levy OAM
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Well that's a wrap folks!I Finished my Rio 2016 Paralympic campaign with a Bronze and and multiple 4ths places! Had the time of my life and ready for the next adventure! Thanks to all for their support!
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Thanks for all your support! I am in my way to Rio, with a stop in USA for staging camp in Auburn University. We will be here for the next week, before heading out to Brazil for the start of the games.
Below is my racing schedule:
(Rio Dates) channel 7mate and 7two are Australian broadcaster.

9th September
50freestyle s7

12th September
50 butterfly s7

13th September
200im s7

14th September
4x100 freestyle relay

16th September
100 freestyle s7

17th September
4x100 medley relay

I will update you as competition starts!

Have a great day!

Matt
Training in Auburn University in USA
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Thanks for all the support! Thanks for all the donations and sharing of my page! It is an honour to share this journey with you all! 100 days to Rio! :-)
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Thanks for all the support so far on my road to rio! It has been amazing the amount of support I have received. It has allowed me to continue training hard with the goal of doing my best in rio. Please fee free to share the link to friends and work mates.

Thanks for the support.

Matt
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Jackie M Tang
21 months ago

Superb work, Matt!

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Robert Lorschy
21 months ago

Congratulations Matt - you are a fine ambassador for your sport and your country - I am glad that I have been a small part of the group that has made your Rio success a reality

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Sharon Thurin
21 months ago

Congratulations Matt...what a great achievement!!

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Shusannah Morris
21 months ago

Matt you are amazing, what a fantastic achievement, we are all so proud to have you represent Australia Just thrilled for you xxxx

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Rod Welford
21 months ago

Good luck Matt! Go for it!

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Shusannah Morris
22 months ago

Matt We are behind you all the way, you're an inspiration. Best of luck, we'll be cheering you on from Melbourne!! :) #roadtorio

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Lynne Moriarty
22 months ago

Fantastic! We'll be watching and cheering you all the way, enjoy every moment of camaraderie.

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Blair Palese
22 months ago

So glad you are heading to Rio Matt - best of luck and enjoy every moment!!!! Blair

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$27,245 of $29,000 goal

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Created December 9, 2015
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$100
Rachel Menezes
21 months ago

Great job at the Olympics so far! Greetings from a Brazilian fan

DM
$40
Deborah McDougall
21 months ago

The Patons & McDougalls are barracking for you, Matt. All the best for Rio

$20
Jillian Hamilton
21 months ago

Well done Matt Levy - Good on you - make us proud

DM
$500
David Murphy
21 months ago

Good luck Matt, you are a legend!

MW
$50
Martin Whiteley
22 months ago

Good luck Matt

CG
$20
Chris Goodall
22 months ago

Good luck Matt all the best in Rio

Jackie M Tang
21 months ago

Superb work, Matt!

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Robert Lorschy
21 months ago

Congratulations Matt - you are a fine ambassador for your sport and your country - I am glad that I have been a small part of the group that has made your Rio success a reality

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Sharon Thurin
21 months ago

Congratulations Matt...what a great achievement!!

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Shusannah Morris
21 months ago

Matt you are amazing, what a fantastic achievement, we are all so proud to have you represent Australia Just thrilled for you xxxx

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Rod Welford
21 months ago

Good luck Matt! Go for it!

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Shusannah Morris
22 months ago

Matt We are behind you all the way, you're an inspiration. Best of luck, we'll be cheering you on from Melbourne!! :) #roadtorio

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Lynne Moriarty
22 months ago

Fantastic! We'll be watching and cheering you all the way, enjoy every moment of camaraderie.

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Blair Palese
22 months ago

So glad you are heading to Rio Matt - best of luck and enjoy every moment!!!! Blair

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